English Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

English Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
Program Goals for the English Curriculum
Every English major will complete a core
curriculum of two foundational courses.
(Corresponds to college goal that “graduates will
recognize and apply different disciplinary and
apply interdisciplinary forms of thinking.”)
Every English major will complete one course
focusing on global and/or social concerns, and a
concentration of six advanced courses.
Intermediate Steps Leading Toward Learning
Outcomes for English Majors
 analyze literary texts and/or film using
close reading/viewing techniques.
 describe the shape of the field of
English, including periodization and
canon formation
 distinguish between genre-specific
methods of analysis and writing
 interpret and critically evaluate
secondary sources in literary and/or
film studies
 recognize how literature or film is
integrated in a specific culturalhistorical context and interpret how it
contributes to cultural-historical change
Every English major will complete a two-tier
senior experience, culminating in an advancedlevel project workshop.
100% of seniors will present their work to a
broader audience through submission for
publication or through an oral presentation.
(Corresponds to college goal that “graduates will
possess depth of understanding and research
skills in at least one method of inquiry”)
formulate a cohesive research or
creative project of substantial length
(e.g. article or chapbook length) worthy
of public presentation or publication
evaluate project-appropriate sources
critically and compile a relevant
contribute positively to a rigorous and
supportive intellectual scholarly or
creative community
display knowledge of publication
submission or public presentation
write on complex topics in the field with
clarity, coherence, and awareness of
theoretical approach used
Student Learning Outcomes for English Majors
Upon completing the two foundation courses,
students will master discipline-specific
terminology related to literary periods,
prosody, and narrative.
They will analyze primary and
secondary sources in the field of literary
and/or film studies using appropriate
Upon completing a course with a focus on
global/social concerns and a concentration of six
advanced courses, students will
analyze and interpret the interaction of
text and cultural-historical context
when studying literature and/or film.
All graduating seniors will be able to design and
complete an original, theoretically informed
creative or critical project in the field of English;
They will be able to present this work to a
broader collegiate or professional audience,
either through submission to a journal or
through oral presentation.